The Goal was too Great for Sark and My People


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I hope that everyone has a good and safe Preakness. This will probably be my last blog until next week. At this point, I'm liking Mucho Macho Man, but that could change before Saturday.

At the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland, a Street Sense filly (Street Sense - Stoic by Forestry) worked an eighth of a mile in :10 on May 19, the fastest work at the distance. A Corinthian colt (Corinthian - T. K. O. Lady by Two Punch) shared the fastest quarter mile time with a work of :21 4/5. The auction is on May 23 and 24. Read more here.

May 19 Results

The Goal was Too Great for Sark and My People

The track had some moisture in it, but was upgraded to fast before the first race. Green Mouse (Cherokee Run - Valley Fever by Peaks and Valleys) and Party Man (Flashy Bull - Pleasure Cat by Cat's Career) were scratched, leaving five. The only experienced runner, Smoke It Over (Cherokee Run - Clary Sage by Shadeed), was favored. My People (Corinthian - Last Vice by Vice Regent) was 3-1, and Sark (English Channel - November Snow by Storm Cat) was 14-1. Smoke It Over looked good leaving the paddock. They were all bouncing pretty good in the post parade. My People looked like he would get out of the gate quickly. The load was pretty smooth, except for Smoke It Over, who was getting a little excited behind the gate. They got him in without too much trouble, but he was slow to start, and spotted the others a couple of lengths. Sark and Ancil (City Zip - Le Grand Belle by With Approval) both broke well, but they were passed on the outside by My People, who had stumbled slightly at the start. My People put a couple of lengths on Sark and Ancil, but Tarpy's Goal (High Cotton - Terre des Hommes (IRE) by Exbourne) was rolling. My People kept pace for a time, but he was no match for Tarpy's Goal. On the scene late was slow-starting Smoke It Over. But, Tarpy's Goal had the jump, and won by 2 3/4 lengths. Sark finished up in third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Smoke It Over. Ancil was fourth, and My People tired to fifth (last). Tarpy's Goal is the first winner for first-year sire High Cotton. Read more about him here. Watch the Replay.

May 19, 2011
Churchill Downs Race 2
Maiden Special Weight

Tarpy's Goal
Smoke It Over  


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Other Result

Light Burst (colt; Hard Spun - Kew Garden by Seattle Slew) was off well in his 5 furlong race at Salisbury, but seemed to be fighting his rider. He trailed the compact field of four, as the rider tried to get him to settle. Light Burst showed some greenness as they continued, almost running into a rival, and then shying. He didn't get much chance to show his ability, and finished fourth. The winner was Sixx (Royal Applause - Teramo by Cadeaux Genereux) by a nose over Right Result (Acclamation - Mist And Stone by Xaar). Acclamation is by Royal Applause, so it was a family affair of sorts. Watch Replay.

New Worker

May 19, 2011

Safely Spun (colt; Hard Spun - Safely by Unbridled) worked 3 furlongs in :39.80 at Delaware Park. He sold for $42,000 as a yearling, and is a half brother to the winner Crazy Wager. Their dam, Safely, is a half sister to grade III winner Honest Man, who earned $488,167.

Returning Workers

May 18, 2011

Gameday News (colt; Corinthian - Summer Scene by Belong to Me) worked 3 furlongs in :37.00 at Churchill Downs.

May 19, 2011

Courageous Ruler (colt; Corinthian - La Gueriere by Lord At War (ARG)) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 at the Ocala Training Center.

Wrinkle Room (filly; English Channel - Golden Prospect by Mr. Prospector) went 3 furlongs in :36.00 at Santa Anita.

Hand Spun (filly; Hard Spun - Flexible Princess by Honour and Glory) worked 2 furlongs in :25.80 at Hollywood Park.


Leave a Comment:

Fran Loszynski

Here we go again: Hey Philly-Sway Away, (Afleet Alex) Concealed Identity (Smarty Jones) in the Preakness together! For ole times sake "Go Alex!" "Go Smarty". We saw them first on Maiden Watch as two year olds! Now their sons are kicking it! Let's have a safe and great Preakness everyone.

20 May 2011 8:24 AM

Two year old in training sales are, imho, abusive and designed only for the buyer who wishes to acquire an "instant" race horse to win races as a two year old, possibly as an early 3 year old.  These babies should not be running 10s, 21s or the like, and buyers of these overworked, brought along too soon animals should expect their investments to be up in smoke by the end of the animal's 3 yr old season, if not sooner.  Big Brown, anyone?  

Until the US industry switches its focus from speed to stamina, this premature destruction of these horses will, sadly, continue with most of the animals never seeing their potential.

20 May 2011 11:47 AM
Don from PA/DE

Well Sir Shakelford did it...need I say More? Bingo, didn't think he could do it, but he did, and I did have him all the way from CD back months ago....amazing, I hope he takes a break....but who knows? Don

21 May 2011 7:22 PM
Fran Loszynski

I want to thank Garrett Gomez, as a racing fan for not pushing Sway Away, he saw how lathered he was and may have saved his life.He was over-excited and balking on the grounds. A persoanl thank you to Mr. Gomez, is it any wonder you are such a great jockey! Sway Away will probably be able to race again because of your diligence and caring way. What a professional you are. Poor Sway Away's lather was so remarkable that I feel he should have been scratched. There were a few horses that didn't want to race that day and please (to the trade) don't make these beautiful animals race against their grain. I realize you spend alot of money and time on them, but-No amount of money is worth it. We as fans want them to "race another day" Congrats to Shackelford, I'm glad he showed the racing world his Derby run was no fluke. You have to wonder if only he had won the Derby!

23 May 2011 8:32 AM

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